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Types of Fasteners

Fasteners are everywhere. From our smartphone to Sydney harbour bride, everything around us is held together with fasteners and fixings. From rivets, nuts, bolts and screws to paper clip, split clip and nail are all considered to be fasteners.

Couple of interesting facts!

Did you know, a Boeing 747 -400 has six million parts, half of which are fasteners. That is 3 million different types of nuts and bolts, rivets and screws.

World’s Biggest Bolt and Nut.

Did you know, the biggest bolts ever made were enormous — 27' 4" long (8.3m), 4' 2" diameter (1.27m), weighing 12.6 tons.

There are 18,038 iron parts and more than 2,500,000 fasteners (rivets) used to hold the Eiffel tower together.

Types of fasteners — #1 Wood Screws

In this list, the first type of fastener is the wood screw. These screws generally have a very smooth shank and tapered point for use in wood. You can find various types within the wooden fasteners’ category.

Types of fasteners — #2 Machine Screws

Machine screws often referred to as stove bolt is a machine threaded screw for use with nut or in a tapped hole. Normally used to join sheet metal parts using a hex or square nut.

Types of fasteners — #3 Sheet Metal Screws

Unlike the wood screws, the sheet metal screw’s sharp threads not only cut into wood but other materials such as sheet metal, plastic and more. Most commonly used to attach metal hardware to wood. The shank of the sheet metal screw is usually threaded up to the head.

Types of fasteners — #4 Self Drilling Sheet Metal Screws

Type of sheet metal screws, the difference is its ability to self-drill helping tradesman with speed and ease of installation. These types of fasteners provide maximum thread engagement in structural steel and timber constructions.

Types of fasteners — #5 Hex Bolts

Abbreviated HHMB or HXBT, Hex Bolt is a type of fastener with a hexagonal head with threads for use with a nut or tapped hole. Feature that make Hex bolts a choice of handyman, construction and engineering professionals is washer surface that helps creating a better seal.

Types of fasteners — #6 Carriage Bolts

Carriage bolts are generally/mainly used for fixing wooden panels to masonry or to one another. Also known as coach bolt or round head square neck bolt. The carriage bolts features a smooth mushroom rounded head with a small square section underneath.

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